The night before he was killed, MLK, Jr., gave a speech. Here is an excerpt.
His last few lines are particularly poignant.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity has its place. But, I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
MLK, Jr., knew that he was in a dangerous situation. But, he kept going and did not let fear control his life. True courage is one that arises when everything is at stake.
So, it goes today.